We offer ‘one to one’ guidance at the mutual convenience of yourself and your nominated Observer. Using this bespoke method over the last several years has proven to be the most successful method for our trainees (Associates) passing the Advanced Riding Test at their first attempt.

Another great opportunity for prospective new members is to attend one of our monthly club nights, where you can meet our members and talk about our club and the advanced test. Full details are on our meetings page.

It is also worth mentioning that DAM work with the Derbyshire County Council to help improve road safety and as such, it gives us great pleasure to announce Derbyshire County Council will reimburse £60.00 of the fee upon successful completion of the IAM Advanced Rider Course. This thank you applies to most DE postcodes and if you qualify for the reimbursement you will be informed by a member of the DAM committee.


Just as soon as you are assessed as ready and after skills day, when we will have plenty of new associates to get your teeth into!

After the club receive your membership details back from the IAM RoadSmart you will receive a welcome phone call from a senior observer who will give you the name of your allocated observer. Shortly after the observer will get in touch with you to arrange a mutually convenient time and date to meet and start your guidance sessions. You will receive guidance in the following competences

  • Human factors
  • Core Skills
  • Bends and Cornering
  • Roundabouts and Junctions
  • Overtaking
  • Motorways and Dual carriageway
  • Slow Riding

When your observer feels you have mastered these skills and are at a test standard he will put you forward for a pre-test with a senior observer. You will be encouraged to apply for your test when the observer feels you are ready.

Thinking of becoming an Observer? Every year we need new Observers so if you have passed your Advanced Rider Test, have good people skills and the desire to make a difference and to give something back then this could be for you.

Why become an Observer?

  • Become an even more skilful rider
  • Learn new skills
  • Get great satisfaction in helping others to be more skilful and safe
  • Perhaps even saving a life
  • Enjoy meeting new people and challenges
  • Be part of one of the most successful IAM motorcycle groups in the country

More information can be found on the IAM page Become an Observer

The IAM RoadSmart Masters Course takes you and your riding skills to the highest standard of civilian riding ability in the UK. Only riders who have already passed their Advanced Rider Test are eligible to apply. If you would like to learn more, go to IAM’s masters page